F4 & Open Wheel Racing

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Formula 4 Course Overview

Radford offers a variety of open-wheel courses created for drivers wanting to gain advanced driving and racing techniques behind the wheel of a Ligier JS F4 single-seater racing car. Instruction includes formula car-focused driving techniques and data analysis, as well as competition-specific training and SCCA accreditation with certain classes. This formula track day course offering includes Intro, Intermediate, and Advanced F4 courses, along with a new competition-only Karts-to-Cars program.

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Course fundamentals:

– For aspiring open-wheel drivers and racers
– In-depth Formula 4 race car immersion
– Advanced racing techniques and car control skills
– Track etiquette and competition rule training

Race Track

Course specs:

– 3:1 student/instructor ratio
– From beginner to advanced driver levels
– 1.6 mile road course
– Ligier JS F4 Formula 4 racecar

Introduction to F4 Course Options

You can choose between a 1 or 2-day course.

1 Day

$2999

Ground School
Skid Control Drill
Safety Gerar Fitment
Open-Wheel Car Control Basics
Seat Introduction & Fitment
Shifting Drill
Braking & Handing Practice
Lead-Follow Sessions
Debriefing Session
Lunch Inlcuded
Note: You cannot advance to intermediate courses with only a 1-day intro course

2 Day

$4499

Ground School
Handling Drill
Track Introduction
Lead-Follow Sessions
Skid Control Drill
Lead-Follow Sessions
Debriefing Session & Graduation
Lunch Inlcuded



Discover our world-class Formula 4 race car driving courses and experience all of the thrills of Formula 1 driving in a single seater racing car. This course is designed for racing enthusiasts of all levels, even if you’ve never stepped foot in a racing car before. During your time with us, you’ll embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of high-speed formula car racing, firmly gripping the wheel of a modern, open-wheel Formula 4 racecar. This program is your first step towards a thrilling racing career.

Throughout this formula track day course, you will acquire and hone crucial single-seater track car control skills, laying the foundation for your racing dreams. We focus on enhancing your Vision Skills, imparting a deep understanding of Vehicle Dynamics, and initiating your journey into the realm of Skid Control. This driving experience is like no other, providing you with a unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of a single-seater racecar and feel the adrenaline rush of Formula 1.

Intermediate F4 Course Options

You can choose between a 1 or 2 day course.

For graduates of our Intro-to-F4 program, the Intermediate level takes your single seater racing experience to the next level. Building upon your foundation, this stage in your Formula 4 Driver Development journey delves deeper into the art of racing. With more time dedicated to honing your Vision Skills, mastering Skid Mitigation and Control, and receiving comprehensive Line Technique training, you’ll emerge as a more confident and capable racing driver. The thrill of driving a Formula 4 car at speed is now within your grasp.

1 Day

$3299

Ground School
Handling Drill
Track Introduction
Lead-Follow Sessions
Skid Control Drill
Lead-Follow Sessions
Debriefing Session
Lunch Inlcuded

2 Day

$4999

Ground School
Fit to Cars
Track Recap/Lead-Follow Sessions
Lead-Follow Sessions
Open Track Session
Debriefing Session & Graduation
Lunch Included

Advanced F4 Course Options

You can choose between a 1,2 or 3-day course.

1 Day

$3499

Ground School
Handling Drill
Track Introduction
Lead-Follow Sessions
Skid Control Drill
Lead-Follow Sessions
Debriefing Session
Lead Follow
Lead Follow with Pass Bys
Data Analysis
Open Track
Additional Sessions tailored to Students needs & goals
Lunch Included

2 Day

$5999

Ground School
Fit to Cars
Track Recap/Lead-Follow Sessions
Lead-Follow Sessions
Open Track Session
Debriefing Session & Graduation
Lead Follow
Lead Follow with Pass Bys
Data Analysis
Open Track
Additional Sessions tailored to Students needs & goals
Lunch Included

3 Day

$8999

Ground School
Fit to Cars
Track Recap/Lead-Follow Sessions
Lead-Follow Sessions
Open Track Session
Debriefing Session & Graduation
Lead Follow
Lead Follow with Pass Bys
Data Analysis
Open Track
Additional Sessions tailored to Students needs & goals
Extended Track Time
Instruction to Meet Drivers Goals
Lunch Included

Our Advanced program represents the pinnacle of Formula 4 Driver development and offers flexibility with options for 1-, 2-, or 3-day classes. Geared towards drivers with prior racing experience or graduates of the Intermediate F4 program, this course propels every racing enthusiast closer to the realm of a true Formula 1 experience. Here, you’ll discover the limits of your performance as a racing driver, competing at speeds that bring you ever closer to the exhilaration of a Grand Prix.

At Radford Racing School, safety and control are paramount, ensuring you have the skills and knowledge to compete on the track. Whether you aspire to be the next Formula 1 sensation or simply want to enjoy the thrill of motorsport, our Formula 4 single seater racing experiences offer the whole package. Get ready to take the wheel, live your racing dream, and be part of the exciting world of motorsport events.

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Joel M.Joel M. ★★★★★ 3 of 4 kids have attended the teen driving course. Both parents attended the high performance driving course. Will change the way you drive. Gives the kids confidence. Teaches you to understand the way the car moves and react correctly. Plus it is lots of fun.gavin N.gavin N. ★★★★★ very good service. bj was a great instructorTommy N.Tommy N. ★★★★★ Great racing school and instructors. Process was very easy to go through and a very fun and exciting experience at the track.Jim HJim H ★★★★★ Wow! Wow! Wow! 5 stars across the board. Facility, staff, instructors, cars and memories that will last a lifetime. We did the intro to F4 3 day and our instructor Will was so awesome. Knowledgeable, communicative, friendly, patient and encouraging! I’d give 10 stars if I could.Andrew K.Andrew K. ★★★★★ My son and I attended the 4-Day Grand Prix Road Racing Course last year (2023) and had such a great experience that we were back again earlier this year (2024) for the 3-Day Advanced Road Racing Class. I appreciate Radford's focus on car control that enables speed on the track and safety on the street. All of the instructors are fantastic. Thank you William Hawkins for your attentive instruction and sharing insights that improve driving skills.Smiles all around!Jim H.Jim H. ★★★★★ All I can say is....Wow!!!!! Top notch experience from minute one. Everyone is so friendly and professional. 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I'm already looking to schedule my next class for Advanced Road racing.Michelange Saint J.Michelange Saint J. ★★★★★ Signed up for the 2-day HPD training and noticed a markedly improved comprehension and handling given that they covered many aspects of Car control. Real time feedback and experienced instructors.Worth the waitMike S.Mike S. ★★★★★ Great experience, instructors are very personable and give you real time feedback.Great value for the money, would recommendSheryl A.Sheryl A. ★★★★★ My daughter and I recently went to their 3 day high performance driving school. We had more fun and learned so much. Cant wait to go back for more classes. It is worth every penny Highly recommend going, to learn racing or just to become a better driver.Linda S.Linda S. ★★★★★ I begrudgingly agreed to attend the two day high performance class with my husband. I love to watch racing. I do not like to go fast. But I knew how much my husband wanted to do this and have the shared experience. Holy cow, am I glad I'm willing to put aside my anxiety and try new things. This was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. BJ and Rob were incredible instructors and Christine was so helpful too. I don't know exactly what I expected the class to be, but I sure didn't anticipate learning that you use brakes to go fast, that the control of the car is all about balance, and that I now have the SRT Hellcat on my wish list should I ever win the lottery. Thanks to everyone at Radford for such a fun, exhilerating, and at the same time incredibly practical two days of instruction and driving practice.Leslie G.Leslie G. ★★★★★ Amazing school for teens. 2 of 4 have completed Radford teen class. The other two will be here when they hit 16. Gives the kids confidence in their driving, defensive driving skills, and an insurance discount. Worth every penny.Kurtis L.Kurtis L. ★★★★★ Solstice D.Solstice D. ★★★★★ Mike W.Mike W. ★★★★★ Super informative!! The history and tenure of the team speaks volumes. Absolutely a blast.Thanks Danny and the crew!!Vanessa B.Vanessa B. ★★★★★ Completed the 3 day performance school with a couple of family members.Most of the time is spent in the car completing exercises and also on the track.The instructors are awesome and very knowledgeable and added value to the experience.I would recommend Radford to any car enthusiasts.zach M.zach M. ★★★★★ I went here for the 4 day grand prix road racing class. It was so much fun, educational, and I got a ton of seat time.Scott B.Scott B. ★★★★★ Incredible experience! I took the 3 day GPR course, and had a blast. I learned more than I ever thought I could.Would highly recommend!Ask for instructor BJ, he has an amazing teaching philosophy and is a really cool guy. I hope to be back soon!Paul B.Paul B. ★★★★★ Awesome experience...intense, challenging, and a ton of fun!Peter D.Peter D. ★★★★★ Just completed the two day high performance class at Radford and it was amazing. The instructors, William, Spencer and Rob were truly world class. They explained the concepts easily and then watched us practice them in the car. This was an on track, in car experience. Class room time was kept to a minimum. The cars the Hellcats were fun to drive and I have a new appreciation of Dodge and the Performance team at Dodge. A great time and it made me a better driver.Peter R.Peter R. ★★★★★ My Son and I took the SRT Performance Driving Course. It was AMAZING. It was more of a Driving Experience...It Began with a sort of class room Listen, and Learn which took about 45 min- 1hr. Then it was out to the Cars. You spend the rest of the day at these little Satellite stations out doors with the instructors learn different aspects of Driving. So they Teach, and You Do. Over and Over throughout the Day. The Entire Time Absorbing More, and More Knowledge along the Way while Smiling as You are Ripping the cars around on the Different Courses. It is a Full Day of Driving Excitement while you are applying what You've learned.These Instructors are Extremely Skilled, Friendly, and Educated.Go and Take the Driving Experience You will Not be Disappointed.Response from the ownerPeter, thank you so much for you kind review! We're thrilled to hear you and your son had a great time. We'll see you soon! brian S.brian S. ★★★★★ We did a group event and it was the best RACING experience you will ever have. We spent 6 hours here and learned so much on safety, basics to advanced racing skills and so much in such a little time. The instructors made it easy and fun to learn fast. The Dodge SRTs were so much fun to drive. I’ve done many different racing experiences but nothing comes close to this track. Thank you for such a great time.Steve C.Steve C. ★★★★★ Fantastic experience, awesome, friendly instructors. Would definitly recommend.Jus P.Jus P. ★★★★★ Awesome cars and amazing staffRayce B.Rayce B. ★★★★★ Amazing experience going through the one day course with my dad. Spencer was thorough and detailed each step of the way to ensure we enjoyed ourselves and maximized our time. Would absolutely recommend to anyone considering!Ali J.Ali J. ★★★★★ I have gone through the 1 day and 3 day HPDE at Radford. And I have made an appointment to go for the 4 day experience. Hands down this is the best decision I’ve made by going here. Although it is a little expensive just know its worth every penny. The instructors are all very experienced with most of them, having decades of time behind the wheel as an instructor. Everyone at the facility is very nice and welcoming. But in all honesty the things you are taught here and the things you pick up on are way more valuable than any power mod could be for your car. For those with High HP cars this school can teach you how to effectively and efficiently use all of that power.Courtney M.Courtney M. ★★★★★ Terissa H.Terissa H. ★★★★★ Gene M.Gene M. ★★★★★ I recently completed the Two Day Advanced Racing course, and it was excellent! The most amount of seat time I’ve ever had at a racing school. The Challenger Hellcat, while ridiculously heavy for a track application, was an excellent learning tool. The Challenger amplified all of my inputs, and was rewarding and fun at the same time. My instructor, B.J., provided excellent on track, and off track coaching supported by data analysis of my laps. Overall, would highly recommend!Stacey M.Stacey M. ★★★★★ What a great experience and a fantastic crew! Highly recommendedGrace J.Grace J. ★★★★★ Very welcoming staff, they provided the entire family with complimentary snacks and drinks. Over all very enjoyable experience. Cute clothes as well!!Tyler M.Tyler M. ★★★★★ Rafael V.Rafael V. ★★★★★ My first visit was in 1999 when it was Bob Bondurant school of Racing. I’ve come back in 2021 and now July 2023 to have my kids take the teenager 3 day class. Every time we’ve had a great time and the instructors very friendly and knowledgeable, some have been with the school over 20 years!. I can say these classes have made all of us better drivers and I feel my kids are safer out in the road, now they don’t want anyone driving them since they understand fully how a driver can make all the difference in a bad situation. Worth every $.Danielle R.Danielle R. ★★★★★ The trainers are very knowledgeable and helpful. The cars are exciting, fun and fast... a total must do experience. Would totally go back.Tonya W.Tonya W. ★★★★★ Had a fabulous time at the school. Very informative and educational. Thank youMichael W.Michael W. ★★★★★ Amazing experience! Instructors have lots of information and the cars are crazy fun!!John ZJohn Z ★★★★★ I just got back from Radford Racing School. My 19 year old son and myself completed the 2 day High Performance Driving School and we could not be happier with our experience. We had so much fun we are planning on doing the 4 day Grand Prix Road Racing (SCCA) class next. Our instructor Rob was fantastic, he was very encouraging and a great teacher. You can tell that he loves his job, and it showed with the smile on his face and his attitude. These courses will teach you the points of car control, and will help anyone become a better driver. There are aspects to this course that I actually believe that should be taught to every driver before hitting the road. Especially if you have any kind of high performance vehicle I strongly suggest investing in yourself as a driver. So often we invest thousands in our car to make it faster or handle better, when what we need is some training on how to really use our vehicle. Ever see the out of control mustang? These classes will keep you from becoming a meme. I am also planning on taking my wife and daughter with me for the course. I am also trying to talk my sister into sending my niece who is afraid to drive in the snow. These courses will make you more confident, a better driver and they are a blast! I cannot express enough of my gratitude for the experience we had. Note that there are times of the year where you can get discounts, just ask Tommy when you call. Everyone was so kind and just a joy to be around.John Z.John Z. ★★★★★ I just got back from Radford Racing School. My 19 year old son and myself completed the 2 day High Performance Driving School and we could not be happier...Jason L.Jason L. ★★★★★ I attended the SRT Experience on May 26, 2023 and I had the most fun I've had since I can remember. FANTASTIC instructors, awesome Hellcat Redeye's, and super friendly staff. It hasn't been a week, and I'm already trying to figure out how and when I'm going back. I highly recommend!Stok R.Stok R. ★★★★★ This was such an exciting experience... the excitement built as soon as we started to drive down the road. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful.Tamarra M.Tamarra M. ★★★★★ The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and made everything fun. I learned a lot and am definitely planning on going back!dklunselmandklunselman ★★★★★ I could not be happier with the experience I had attending the 4 day Grand Prix training. After completing the school my car control abilities have significantly increased. My instructor Danny was extremely knowledgeable and patient. I can’t wait to comeback and take the advanced class. The accommodations and staff at Radford are second to none.Dave K.Dave K. ★★★★★ I could not be happier with the experience I had attending the 4 day Grand Prix training. After completing the school my car control abilities have...Nithin K.Nithin K. ★★★★★ Chris P.Chris P. ★★★★★ Had a blast! Completed the 1 day course and had Great instructors that kept everyone engaged and having a good time while giving feedback to improve.Nancy S.Nancy S. ★★★★★ I completed the 3 day performance driving event. It was incredible. The staff and instructors are incredibly committed to providing a high quality experience. Lots of time behind the wheel. Great coaching. My goal was to become a better driver and I achieved that and had tons of fun along the way. I highly recommend this course. Shout out to William my instructor who was super. He made learning fun but provided great instructional tips and coaching.Michael C.Michael C. ★★★★★ I recently completed a drag class and a 2 day performance class at Radford Racing School. Look I knew the reputation of these Challengers but what made it so fun were the instructors. I learned much more than just going fast on a track. I do not own a Dodge Challenger but after this I’m definitely considering that possibility in the future. Your not going to find a better group of instructors out there than the ones at Radford! They were knowledgeable, experienced,and patient with every exercise I did. If you wanna learn from the BEST go to Radford you will not be disappointed!Mark W.Mark W. ★★★★★ Great place to learn how to drive a high performance car as well as a normal car. Many techniques are able to be used in normal driving. Will be coming back for a longer stay.Morgan P.Morgan P. ★★★★★ What an amazing experience with great instructors. We would highly recommend the 4 day GPR class!3 days learning great new skills in a hellcat then...Steve F.Steve F. ★★★★★ Did the three day advanced performance driving class. Got a ton of in car time. Got to run on multiple different tracks. Got to do ride alongs to learn the track. Great experience.Connor G.Connor G. ★★★★★ Had an incredible time at the 2-day performance driving course. The personalized instruction was fantastic (thanks Randy!), and it’s easy to tell the instructors care about helping you improve your skills.This is a classic example of “you get out what you put in.” If you really listen to the coaching they give you and try to apply it every time you get behind the wheel, you will notice yourself getting better by the minute. By the end of the second day, I realized I was subconsciously doing what I had to focus on doing at the beginning of the day prior. I cannot give enough kudos to this place.Lastly, you don’t have to like cars or driving to get a lot out of this school. A lot of what you learn, such as vehicle dynamics and situational awareness, applies just as well to your daily commute as it does to the race track. I’d highly recommend a class here even if all you want is to sharpen your defensive driving skills.TLDR:Top-notch staffFun carsExcellent, varied instructionReal results you can seeTake a class here, you won’t regret it!Myles D.Myles D. ★★★★★ I did the 2 day high performance driving course, and I cannot overstate how incredible of an experience it was. Flawless top to bottom. A perfect mix of engaging in-class learning and applying the knowledge to behind the wheel exercises. Perfect mix of training and practical information that can be applied to the road in everyday life and also on the racetrack. I was a little nervous going in as I have never been a massive car guy and I had zero driving experience outside of everyday life, but I quickly found out I had nothing to worry about. This course would be equally enjoyable for a 16 year old that just got their license as well as a seasoned car enthusiast looking to learn racing skills. It's a low pressure, fun environment, and the instructors are all fantastic - extremely helpful and patient, and honestly just a great group of guys who clearly love what they do. It was so interesting and informative, and simply an absolute blast. 10 stars, I will absolutely be coming back for the more advanced course. Don't think twice, just do it. You will not regret it!Willy W.Willy W. ★★★★★ Super fun and the staff are very nice. Highly recommended. The best part is the autocross.Julie K.Julie K. ★★★★★ My husband bought me a Dodge Hellcat last year for my birthday. 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Formula 4 – FAQs

On the Formula 4 Introduction course you will learn open-wheel car control basics, seat introduction and fitment, shifting drill, breaking & handling practice and lead-follow sessions. You will have a good understanding of how the car works and feel comfortable at the wheel.
During our Formula 4 Intermediate course you will learn handling, skid control, lead & follow, and complete open track sessions. As your driving skills develop you will be able to push the car harder and begin to experience the exhilarating levels of performance our F4 cars have to offer.
Our Formula 4 Advanced course is offered on a 1-day, 2-day and 3-day basis where you get to work 1-on-1 with an experienced instructor to gain a higher understanding of modern F4 cars. Achieve a deeper level of understanding about our formula cars and gain the confidence to extract higher levels of performance from the car.
Our Formula 4 Introduction course has no prerequisites, however, if you want to progress to the Intermediate course you will need to complete the 2-day Introduction course.

Courses are capped at 3 students to ensure students receive proper and detailed instruction.

Regular hours are 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (October – May). Summer hours are 7:00 am – 2:30 pm (June – September).
Students will need an SA2020 or higher-rated helmet. Helmets can be bought in our pro shop for $229 or rented for just $25 a day. Students will also need closed-toed shoes, driving shoes are preferred.
Yes, students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Open wheel racing refers to a type of motorsport in which the vehicles have wheels that are not contained within the bodywork of the car, meaning the wheels are exposed to the air – just like our Ligier JS F4 racecar.

Open wheel Formula 4 (F4) is a junior motorsport series designed as an entry-level category for young drivers stepping up from karting or other early motorsport competitions. Established by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in 2014, F4 aims to provide a standardized and accessible pathway for drivers aiming to progress to higher levels of open-wheel racing, such as Formula 3, Formula 2, and eventually Formula 1.

Have you ever harbored the dream of experiencing the thrill of being behind the wheel of a Formula 4 racing car, reminiscent of those in the world of Formula 1? Radford Racing School, the revered Formula 4 driving school, has crafted a program that caters to racing enthusiasts, offering an exhilarating taste of the racing driver’s life.

Our Formula 4 racing program serves as the ideal stepping stone in your racing career, delivering an unforgettable opportunity to navigate a competitive, cutting-edge, single-seater race car—the Ligier JS Formula 4. With a formidable 2-liter Honda engine churning out a formidable 160 bhp, the Ligier JS F4 boasts the distinction of being handpicked by both the FIA and SCCA Pro Racing as the exclusive model in the F4 US Championship since 2016.

Whether you’re embarking on your first lap around the track or you’re a seasoned racing driver, our program ensures you feel in complete command of this race-ready formula 4 car, with an astounding 80% seat time throughout the course. Inspired by the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1, these cars provide an unrivaled experience, allowing you to push the boundaries of speed and performance, all from behind the wheel of a genuine racing machine

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